I actually went to read mathematics
because that was my best subject.
My teacher said, well go and read mathematics
and you can teach afterwards or do something else.
So when I got to university,
I discovered there were girls reading engineering.
I couldn't believe it,
and I hadn't applied because I thought
you couldn't read engineering as a girl.
That would waste part of my application form.
I transferred to electrical engineering,
and there were three of us in a class of 100.
That was quite normal then.
When I left university,
or when I was going through thinking of leaving university
and finishing my education,
I looked at a number of jobs including civilian jobs.
I actually saw an advert in Cosmopolitan magazine
recruiting women into the Air Force.
I went, I think you'd say, cool.
Not then, the word didn't exist.
I thought, oh that looks interesting
and exciting and different.
It was the usual sort of advert.
They looked very glamorous.
I think we were competing
against the air hostesses in those days.